We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
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We Need to Talk About Kevin
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We Need to Talk About Kevin

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Book Awards

  • Winner of Orange Prize 2005.
  • Runner-up for Reading Group Book of the Year 2007.
  • Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Crime Thriller of the Year 2006.

Book Description

Kevin Katchadourian killed seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher, shortly before his sixteenth birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother. Once Kevin is born, she experiences extreme alienation and dislike of Kevin as he grows up to become a spiteful and cruel child. When Kevin commits murder, Eva fears that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become. But how much is she to blame? And if it isn't her fault, why did he do it?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921145087
ISBN-10: 1921145080
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 31mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - Reviewed by (24 Feb 2012)

We Need to Talk About Kevin is the 8th novel by Lionel Shriver. The format is a series of letters written by Eva Khatchadourian to her absent husband, Franklin, which are a sort of analytical reminiscence about their lives before the arrival of their son, Kevin, their reasons for having a baby, the prelude and then the immediate and long term aftermath of Kevin’s actions on that fateful Thursday two years previous. The Thursday consistently referred to in italics is when Kevin murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a popular English teacher. Eva examines the events of their lives trying to ascertain if and how she may have been at fault for Kevin’s actions, and what his reasons for them may have been. It is a very one-sided analysis that, at some points, will have the reader sympathising with Eva, whilst at other times she comes across as a selfish, self-centred, often thoughtless, opinionated snob. There...

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Book Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - Reviewed by (29 Jun 2011)

This powerful book is deserving of the accolades -and given it has just been made into a film starring Tilda Swinton as the mother, it is well worth getting hold of a copy to read before seeing the movie.

Author Lionel Shriver has crafted a work that is exceptionally confronting and yet ultimately compelling. It pulls back the curtain on the myths of parenthood in a bluntly honest way but also delivers insights that are difficult to ignore or deny.

Her characters are not easy to like, the story is most unpalatable, and yet, the revelations on human nature, the nature versus nurture debate and the question of whether people really can be 'born bad', are brilliantly and incisively expressed in a story that reverberates forcefully in the times in which we live.

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